Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Great Day Teaching

Isn't she a cutie? I just had to start off with this portrait made by Gayle Johnson of the Foothills Piecemaker Guild in Greenville, SC. I had a wonderful experience yesterday teaching eleven woman how to make portraits.

The class was held at Marietta's Quilt Shop in Simpsonville, SC. The space was great and Dee did a wonderful job helping me get ready. Thanks Marietta and Dee.

This portrait of her husband was made by Beth Andrews. It's nice to have a repeat student in your classes. Beth took my Fabricating Nature class at QSC a few years ago.

Becky Smith was the hostess for the workshop and she was also a student. She went out for lunch and had to return a projector so didn't have as much time to work on her daughter's portrait as everyone else.

Dagmar Theodore did a wonderful job on this portrait of her Dad.

This is the workshop space at Marietta's Shop. I'm not sure but I think we may have been one of the first workshop for this new space.

Hard at work

Becki Kauffman's little girl in brown almost finished.

Lynn Parker is a quilt teacher and decided she wanted to make a self-portrait. She told me that if she blotched this project it won't matter if it was her. I don't think she blotched it at all. Looks good Lynn.

This cute little guy was made by Karen Whitworth.

Brenda Wall chose her Dad as her subject. What a good job she did. When Brenda was finished she decided she didn't like the way her father mouth looked. We had a look at it and I made a little suggestion, which she followed and this is the results.

I got a shock when Mary Rieck sent me two photos of horses. I've made a dog but not a horse. I wrote Mary back and said I'm willing if you are. What a great portrait this turned out to be. Mary still needs to put his eye with the hi-light in his eye.

I saved Susan Perham for last. She was my technical support, although she didn't come with that in mind. She helped me when my printer wouldn't work. She also went after ink when the same, said printer, ran out.

Susan is another return student, and it is always a pleasure to have her in my class. Look at her son's portrait and you will see the joy he shows. That comes from his Mother.

I also had Susan's Mother Christine Serig in my class. She worked on a portrait of Susan when she was a little girl. For some reason I didn't get a photo of Christine's project. She didn't get her's finished but there is no doubt she will be able to finish on her own.

I had a wonderful day, I hope they did.


  1. These are terrific! You must be a great teacher.

  2. Great portraits Marilyn. I recognized Lynn in hers. Wish I was able to take the class at White Oak this fall, but I won't be able to attend this year.